Ge­or­gian PM re­signs:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The prime min­is­ter of Ge­or­gia says he has de­cided to step down, cit­ing dif­fer­ences within the rul­ing party.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili said Wed­nes­day that he and the leader of the rul­ing Ge­or­gian Dream Party, bil­lion­aire Bidz­ina Ivan­ishvili, dis­agreed over eco­nomic is­sues. He wouldn’t elab­o­rate.

Kvirikashvili’s move re­flects es­ca­lat­ing po­lit­i­cal in­fight­ing in the ex-Soviet Cau­ca­sus re­gion na­tion.

In re­cent weeks, Kvirikashvili and his Cabi­net have been tar­gets of protests sparked by a court rul­ing over the De­cem­ber killings of two teenagers in Tbilisi. Pro­test­ers ac­cuse the Cabi­net and prose­cu­tors of han­dling the in­ves­ti­ga­tion poorly and were calling for Kvirikashvili’s res­ig­na­tion.

It will be up to the par­lia­ment con­trolled by Ge­or­gian Dream to name the new prime min­is­ter. (AP)


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